Today in 1968 the boys played their last gig ever billed as The New Yardbirds, at Liverpool University in London. They would be known as Led Zeppelin from this point on.
Exact setlists for the first tours are sketchy. Old Yardbirds’ live staples such as Train Kept a Rollin’, Dazed and Confused, White Summer and likely For Your Love were performed, as well as As Long As I Have You (a Garnett Mimms cover). Material from the yet unfinished debut album was likely also included, such as Communication Breakdown, I Can’t Quit You Baby, You Shook Me, Babe I’m Gonna Leave You, and How Many More Times.
Last Appearance of Yardbirds
The Yardbirds make their last-ever appearance on Saturday (19) at Liverpool University. None of the original Yardbirds, who had massive hits with “For Your Love” and “Shapes of Things” among others, remains.
Only guitarist Jimmy Paige (sic) will stay to form a new group to be known as Led Zeppelin. The name was thought up by Keith Moon of the Who.
The line-up of the new group is Paige on lead- and steel-guitar, John Paul Jones on bass and organ, John Bonham on percussion and Robert Plant as the vocalist.
The group are expected to sign with a leading British record label in the next week.
Atlantic is being strongly tipped as their American outlet. A single is expected in December.